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Magazine issue dedicated to Guatemala; readings in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and elsewhere

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The current issue of Harvard University’s ReVista magazine is dedicated to Guatemala. Thanks to Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the magazine is available online and free of charge, although donations are welcome. Here is the mission statement:

ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, published three times yearly, focuses on different themes related to Latin America, Latinos/as, and the Iberian peninsula. The magazine-length publication brings together different voices on each theme, highlighting the work of Harvard faculty, students, alumni and Visting Scholars.

In her introductory Editor’s Note, titled “Legacies of Violence,” June Carolyn Erlick talks about reading the contributors’ manuscripts, and the complex portrait they paint of Guatemala. She concludes with this observation:

“…as I read the incoming articles, I wondered, is the glass half full or half empty? Guatemala is exploding with projects and ideas and filled with brave men and women intent on transforming society. It is also filled with sadness and corruption and underdevelopment and inequalities and all the legacies of violence that it has inherited over the centuries. I don’t know. Dear reader, I leave it to you and these pages to decide about Guatemala and the proverbial glass.”

For anyone interested in Guatemala, each article is profound in a different way, whether it speaks to the country’s present or past, textiles or languages. The author of a fascinating article on Peten is Mary Jo McConahay, co-producer of the documentary Discovering Dominga. Do yourself a favor and take a look at the issue. Better yet, order yourself a copy. It’s sure to come in handy when your child asks questions about Guatemala or announces she has a social studies project on her ethnic heritage, due tomorrow.

A quick note: Next week, I’ll be reading in New Mexico, and the week after that, in Durham, North Carolina; and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Washington, DC is also on my itinerary this month, but that event is at a private home. If you live in the D.C. area, and are really, really interested in coming, please send me an email and I’ll ask the host if she can fit one more. The date is Thursday, January 20.

Meanwhile, here are my dates in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and elsewhere. For my full schedule, including summer readings in Iowa and at the Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, click on the EVENTS tab. Hope to see you somewhere soon! (more…)


“Mamalita” readings past and future

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

People in Boston read a lot. And they don’t let a little thing like cold weather slow them down. I say this as a Californian who reads less than she’d like to, and who also believes that 50 degrees is frigid.

What a great time I had discussing Mamalita at Borders in Boston last Sunday. The evening began well when my sister Deanna found a parking spot at the curb in front of the store–her parking karma is amazing–and continued when Borders manager John Gunderson greeted me with a smile and said he was also from Northern California. He laughed when he saw the size of my parka–I wore two, actually–but told me he understood.

My friends came out to say hello. From my museum days in San Diego and Los Angeles, Diana Gaston and Ulrika Brand, now transplanted to New England.

From my days in New Jersey, Megan, a former student at my mother’s dance studio. (Megan’s mom, Mary, also studied tap with my mom; Mary’s group called themselves “BOTS” for Benevolent Order of Tap Stars.)

My friend, Sena, the sister of our former au pair, Nur, came too. Not to mention colleagues of my husband, Tim; my fellow writer and fan of Antigua, Guatemala, Christina Zarobe; and some wonderful adoptive moms whom I met for the first time. We shared our views on adoption, parenting, and Guatemala. I always learn by listening to others.

Thank you to John Gunderson, Borders Books, and everyone who braved the elements to share the experience.

I’ve added two more venues to my reading tour: the Belvedere-Tiburon Library and the Redwood City Public Library, both in California.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Belvedere-Tiburon Library
1501 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA 94920

Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Redwood City Public Library
Downtown Library Fireplace Room
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

For other Mamalita Book Tour readings and dates, click on the EVENTS tab. Hope to see you soon!